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Week of October 28, 1998 



Sportswriter Bob 
Ryan to speak at 
FSC 

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Young gay stu- 
dents face many 
issues 

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Smoke-free 

campus lights up 

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That's an insult! 

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Unexpected 
victory at 
MASCACs 



Fitchburg State College 

Car crash hits home at Fitchburg State College 



by AnneMarie Donahue 

From clear across campus you could 
hear sirens wailing, while the blinding 
lights from the police and fire engines 
reflected off the windows of Aubuchon 
like Christmas lights. As a crowd of 
morbidly curious students watched 
what was unfolding in front of them, a 
single voice cut through the mayhem. 

"What happened? Where's Joe?" A 
panicked, weak and disoriented voice 
emerged from one of the mangled cars. 
The voice belonged to the driver, a 
young student from Fitchburg. The 
"Joe" she was referring to was slumped 
over in the passenger's seat, dead. 

The driver of the other car seemed in 
a state of shock. He sat perfectly still 
and didn't seem to understand what was 
going on. Questions about the accident 
were answered when one of the car 



doors was pried open and 
out rolled a six pack of 
empty beer cans. The 
crowd responded with 
comments like, "typical" 
and "I thought so," show- 
ing that drunk driving is a 
concern on the minds of 
the student body of 
Fitchburg. 

"This was really scary. 
I lost a friend this way," 
Sandy (not her real name) 
remarked after watching 
this demonstration put on 
by the Administrative Resident Advisor 
Group. Sandy, a young student, said 
that two of her friends were in a car 
accident on the night of graduation; one 
was badly hurt, while the other lost her 
life. The driver of the car was drunk. 

Other students felt the same horror 




Crash demonstration was put on by 
Administrative Resident Advisor Group 

and sadness that Sandy felt watching 
this scene, which to many was all too 
real. "I found myself getting really 
upset. I could identify with the girl. I 
was almost in tears," said Andrea 
Martin, a nursing student. 

Fortunately, the actors in this demon- 

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Committee discusses 
academic policies 

by AnneMarie Donahue 

The Academic Policies Committee 
met for first time on Wednesday, Oct. 
21, to discuss seven of the 20 proposals 
handed down from President Riccards 
to the All College Council. ACC had 
reviewed the 20 proposals in the begin- 
ning of October and sent seven of them 
to APC; six of them to Curriculum 
Committee; and some to departments 
for review. 

The APC meeting, chaired by Barry 
Light, began at 3:30 p.m. in Miller Hall 
Oval. After holding debate on the 
order that these proposals should be 
accepted into discussion, the APC 
members began discussing and reword- 
ing the proposals to better fit the needs 
of the student body. For example, the 
first proposal examined by the commit- 
tee was ACC No. 8, "Independent 
study shall not be used as a substitute 
of a course which is regularly offered." 
It was reworded to, "A regularly 
offered course cannot be given as an 

Continued, pg 11 



Dr. Grant speaks at FSC 



by AnneMarie Donahue 

"You think you come from a dys- 
functional family? You put yourself in 
Joseph's shoes," remarked Dr. Robert 
Grant as he spoke to an intimate crowd 
that had gathered in Kent Recital Hall 
on Tuesday, Oct. 20. 
Dr. Grant began his 
speech by relating the 
problems of today to the 
ancient biblical story of 
Joseph, the youngest 
son of Jacob/Israel. 

Jospeh's life was one 
of turmoil, but in the 
end he became one of 
the most successful fig- 
ures in history. The 
youngest son to the 
leader of a large tribe, 
he was able to interpret his prophetic 
dreams. However, his brothers became 
jealous of his foreseen future and sold 
him as a slave. Joseph was sent to work 
for the captain of the pharaoh's guards 
and by working hard and being an affa- 




Dr. Robert Grant, 
president of the AFC 



ble person he quickly rose to his mas- 
ter's favor. Potifar, the captain, made 
him head of the household when Joseph 
was only 17. 

Dr. Grant stressed that this was a 
major accomplishment for such a 
young man. He said he believed that the 
young people of today 
could learn a lesson by 
following Joseph's 
example: that by being 
industrious and hard- 
working, they could 
achieve anything they 
set their minds to. 

Unfortunately for 
Joseph, Mrs. Potifar had 
her own designs for 
Joseph's future and 
made sexual advances 
toward him. When he 
denied her, she accused him of rape and 
he was sentenced to life imprisonment. 
While in the cell, he helped out the but- 
ler of the pharaoh by interpreting a 
dream. Joseph told the butler that he 
would be released in three days and the 

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News 



Halloween Masquerade coming to FSC 



by AnneMarie Donahue 

With Halloween just around the cor- 
ner, many students are thinking of 
home. With the peak of fall's color 
having just passed, many leaves are still 
shades of golden brown and vibrant red, 
and the streets are lined with Halloween 
decorations. Many homes are decorat- 
ed for the holiday with the traditional 
pumpkins, carved out into ghoulish 
messages, to the slightly more eccentric 
homes with dead rotting corpses scat- 
tered on the lawn, one live person 
mixed in is an absolute must for the 
shock effect! Those are some of the 
reasons to go home, but WXPL would 
like to offer one very good reason to 
stay at school this Halloween - two rea- 
sons, actually! 

WXPL, the sole broadcasting entity 
of Fitchburg State College, is throwing 



a free concert on the Quad this 
Halloween. The bands that have agreed 
to play include Big Lick, Bus, 
Kodachrome, The Wicked Farleys, and 
many more! The concert begins at 
noontime and ends roughly around 8 
p.m. WXPL is also encouraging 
groups, clubs and organizations from 
throughout campus to become involved 
by organizing games, raffles, movies, 
bottle/can drives, and whatever else 
they can think of. Also they would 
encourage anyone interested in partici- 
pating to remember that this college is 
surrounded by a community, and thus 
we can and should do things for the 
children of this community, such as 
magicians, Halloween safety, face 
painting and trick-or-treating! 

Directly following the block 
party/concert will be a dance 
party/RAVE in the underground. The 



pub will be open so 
bring your IDs if you 
plan on having a 
drink. Proper dress is 
required for entrance, 
so wear a costume! 
Door prizes will be 
given out for the best 
group/couple cos- 
tumes, also for the 
scariest, funniest and 
most original cos- 
tumes, so no Monica 
Lewinskis, please! 
The WXPL staff 
would like to point 
out the prizes will not 
be some crappy CD 
from a DJ's sister's boyfriend's band, it 
will be money! So be creative, have 
fun, and enjoy Halloween Masquerade 
weekend! 




WXPL is throwing a Halloween masquerade on 
Oct. 31 , costumes required. 



If your organization is interested in par- 
ticipating in the concert/block party 
please contact Brian Bicknell, or Jason 
St. Amand at the radio station (x3692). 



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stration could wash off their blood 
and walk away as the cars, which are 
used by the city of Fitchburg for just 
this purpose, are towed away. Not 

as fortunate are the real people, who 
are not just acting to prove a point, 
but are actually endangered by 
drunk driving and lose loved ones. 
According to Mothers Against 
Drunk Driving, this sort of scenario 
plays out on a weekly basis across 
the country in towns and cities just 
like Fitchburg. 

"We worked really hard. It was 
good to see this turn out," said Matt 
Scott, resident director of Aubuchon 
Hall. 

Matt had a hand in this demon- 
stration. It was based on other 
demonstrations that he had seen 

while working elsewhere. 

In the recent past, the school has 

had a problem with alcohol on and 

off campus. It ranged from students 

being too rowdy at a party to people 

getting attacked walking home at 

night. 

This demonstration came just a 

few days before the beginning of 

Substance Awareness Week and may 

be just the sort of scare tactic needed 

to encourage responsible drinking. 



Sportswriter 
Bob Ryan to 

speak at FSC 

by Presley Reese 

The Boston Globe's Rob Ryan, one 
of the most celebrated and knowledge- 
able sportswriters in the country, will 
present a free lecture at Fitchburg State 
College on Nov. 10 at 7:30 p.m. in Kent 
Recital Hall. The event is part of the 
college's new England Writers Series. 

A columnist for the Globe since the 
late 1960s, Ryan is the author of eight 
books and serves as a regular commen- 
tator on ESPN. Ryan was awarded the 
Basketball Hall of Fame's prestigious 
Curt Gowdy media award last year, the 
Hall's highest honor outside the induc- 
tion. 

A native of Trenton, N.J., Ryan has 
been a fixture of the NBA beat since 
1969, the year he began covering the 
Boston Celtics. Over the course of 
nearly 30 years. Ryan has covered the 
Celtics on three separate occasions: 
1969-'76, 1978-'82and 1986-'89. 

In more than 13 years on the trail of 
professional sports' most honored fran- 
chise, Ryan has chronicled an amazing 

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Intercollegiate Band Festival 
slated at Fitchburg State 



by Presley Reese 

Three college bands will perform 
at Fitchburg State College as part of 
this year's Intercollegiate Band 
Festival, set for Wednesday, Nov. 4, 
in Weston Auditorium 

Performing in half-hour segments 
beginning at 7:30 p.m. will be. in 
order. Fitchburg State. Salem State, 
and Westfield State. 

The Intercollegiate Band Festival 
has a long tradition at Fitchburg State. 
Now in its fourth decade, the non- 
competitive festival has included 
some of the finest college bands in 
the region. Nearly 150 student musi- 
cians are expected to participate in 
the performance this year. 

"The festival gives us a chance to 
showcase the wonderful talent of all 
of our students." said Frank 
Patterson, founder and coordinator of 
the annual festival. "We cordially 
invite the public to attend this event." 
At the concert, professor Patterson 
will conduct the Fitchburg State 



Concert Band in Reeves' "Second 
Connecticut March," "Toccata for 
Band" by Frank Erickson, and 
"Trumpercussion" by Frank Tofield 
for trumpet quartet, percussion and 
band. 

"With band compositions ranging 
from the traditional to the modern, we 
are sure everyone will find the festi- 
val very enjoyable," said Patterson. 

Other band directors are Gregg 
Thaller of Salem State and Karen 
LaVoie of Westfield State. 

Fitchburg State College band offi- 
cers for 1998-99 are: Brandy Sales of 
Burlington, president: Brandi-Ann 
Taylor of Manchester, NH, vice pres- 
ident; Alecia Miller of Ashby, secre- 
tary/treasure: Michael Siplas of 
Fitchburg. manager: and William 
Bourbeau of Townsend. librarian. 

General admission is $2. with chil- 
dren and senior citizens admitted free. 
Tickets may be purchased at the door 
on the night of the performance. 
For more information call (978) 665- 
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Features 



Young gay students face many issues 



by Melanie Creamer 

Although it has been estimated that 10 
percent of Americans are gay, millions 
of them keep their sexuality a secret. 
They stay in the closet because of their 
fear of society's intolerance. And that 
fear is not unfounded. 

Despite 25 years of high-profile 
organizing around gay, lesbian, bisexu- 
al and trans-gender issues on college 
and university campuses, students still 
face enormous hurdles to true freedom, 
safety, emotional well being and accep- 
tance. 

According to the US Department of 
Justice, the most frequent victims of 
hate violence today are homosexuals. 
A national gay and lesbian task force 
survey of over 2,000 gay people found 
that, "Ninety percent have experienced 



some form of victimization on account 
of their sexual orientation. More then 
one in 10 have been threatened directly 
by violence. Approximately one-third 
of the 2,000 respondents were assaulted 
verbally, while more then one in 15 was 
physically abused by members of their 
own family." 

Earlier this month, yet another 
American fell victim to the plague of 
violence and hate crimes in this coun- 
try. Matthew Shepard, 21 an openly 
gay college student at the University of 
Wyoming, died on October 12, after 
being savagely beaten and tied to a 
fence outside of town. According to the 
Denver Post, "Police have said robbery 
was the main motive, but the two men 
accused in the bludgeoning also target- 
ed Shepard because he flirted with one 
of them at a bar." 



Moving pictures with sound come to 
Fitchburg State College 



by Sam Ciaramitaro 

It is often said that the overflow of 
drugs and violence broadcasted to 
young people every day is skewing 
our view of the 
world, and cor- 
rupting our vul- 
nerable minds. 
Yes. entertain- 
ment is a great 
thing. 

Currently, 
some of that 
awesome con- 
flict and ten- 
sion that is 
shown in 

movies and 
television is 
spilling over 

into Fitchburg State, in the form of 
student-made films. While some stu- 
dents have the perception that student 
films are unprofessional and low- 
quality. Film 3 students have been 
pouring their hearts, time and money 
into their movies since spring '98. 
With the devotion of the students, 
along with the high-tech equipment 
our school has. these projects will be 



far greater than one might assume. 

Reflections is one such project that 

is currently being filmed. It is a story 

of a detective who becomes obsessed 

with a killer who claims the life of his 

own wife. An 

angel becomes 

his new partner, 

trying to save 

the detective 




from 

obsession 
consumes 
life every 
According 



this 

that 

his 

day. 

to 



Mike Decisero, Pedro Tremont, Jamie 

Burgess, and Sean Fleury film a 

graveyard scene. 



the producer, 
Stephen 
Woods. this 
project has 
already cost the 
students 
involved about $3000. Having to 
work to keep this money flowing, 
along with a full workload at FSC. it 
is a wonder they are all able to coor- 
dinate schedules to put in the count- 
less hours of filming that is needed. 

The Film 3 students involved in 
Reflections are expecting to be fin- 
ished with the actual filming this 
week, and hope to release their (rough- 



"This crime really affects all of us, 
not only the gay and lesbian population. 
Hate crimes affect everyone. It's dis- 
couraging to see people, especially col- 
lege students still holding onto hate," 
said FSC student, Jessica Roy. 

To help students go beyond the type 
of blind intolerance which ultimately 
killed Shepard, it is important for high 
schools and colleges to have education- 
al programs, and support groups for 
those who are dealing with their sexual 
orientation. 

Formally known as GLBA, 
Fitchburg State's gay, lesbian, bisexual 
and trans-gender group was recently 
renamed, 1 in 10 and FRIENDS. The 
mission of 1 in 10 and FRIENDS is, 
according to it's constitution, "To 
enhance the FSC community and sur- 
rounding areas by offering organiza- 



tion to support, understand and except 
the lifestyles of gay, lesbian, bisexual, 
transsexual and trans-gender persons." 

Area high schools that have recently 
established similar programs include, 
Fitchburg High, Leominster High, 
Lunenburg High, Monty Tech and 
North Middlesex High. 

The first of these schools to develop 
such a program was Fitchburg High. 
The name of their group is Spectrum, 
and it was established in 1995. Group 
members say that while they have made 
great strides in educating people, they 
have experienced resistance from stu- 
dents and faculty. Carole Christensen, 
the faculty adviser for Spectrum, said, 
"The students are ridiculed. There have 
been many incidents of harassment. 
We are desperately trying to make this a 
safe environment for the kids." 

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Features 



Ding dong, the witch is dead 



by Staci Bigelow 



OK, let's put the myth of the Wicked 
Witch of the West to rest and take a 
look at Glinda, the Good Witch of the 
East. One of the most familiar images 
of Halloween is that of a green, wart- 
nosed, evil-looking witch riding her 
broom off into the night. Or even better, 
we might envision a cartoon of Broom 
Hilda stirring a cauldron of squirrel 
stew. However, I have recently discov- 
ered that, and this may shock you, the 
majority of witches are in fact the very 
opposite of the stereotype they are 
grouped into. 

According to the Welsh Faerie 
Witchcraft Association, a witch is a per- 
son who believes in the "Old Religion" 
that is now called Wicca, a religion of 
nature and fertility. Witches worship 
both a God and a Goddess, they believe 



that all living things have a soul and 
spiritual powers, and that the world is 
composed of a network of spiritual 
forces. The good witches of today are 
resentful of society's misconception of 
them as satanists, devil worshipers and 
black magicians. The witches' creed, 
believe it or not, is "Love, and harm 
none." That kind of erases pictures of 
voodoo dolls and scared little dogs 
from your head doesn't it? A true witch, 
according to the Welsh association, 
"understands the natural law that what- 
ever magic one performs returns upon 
the executor threefold, therefore mak- 
ing it senseless to do evil to others." 

To further dispel the myth of the 
nasty green witch, lets look at some 
more detailed beliefs of witches: 

- Witches believe that because there are 
so many different spiritual paths, each 



person must find their own way, search- 
ing for the deity (God/Goddess) in 
whatever form it may manifest itself. 
They respect all such attempts to find 
spiritual enlightenment. 

- Witches believe that the God and 
Goddess appear in all things. The 
"Great Spirit" shows itself to them as 
the female principle of ecstasy, fertility 
and creation: The Lady (or the 
Goddess) of Nature and the Earth; and 
the male principle of procreation: The 
Lord (or the God) of the Sun and the 
Hunt. These are only a few of their 
aspects. 

- Witches believe that the Soul is eter- 
nal and all the children of the Gods 
reincarnate, but the form of reincarna- 
tion may vary depending upon the spir- 
itual maturity of the individual, and 



wether he or she wishes to follow his or 
her soul's pathway. 

- Witches believe in a celebration of 
religion through Ritual, recognizing the 
cycles of the Moon and the turning of 
the seasons, thus becoming attuned to 
Nature bringing them closer to the 
rhythm of life. 

Hmm, witches don't sound so scary 
after all do they? Now, a witch I am not 
(though some may argue with 
that...haha), but after researching this 
topic I find myself more understanding 
of what a witch really is. So come on, 
let's throw out all of our ugly witch 
decor and hack up more pumpkins 
instead! (Source: http://www.newage- 
info.com/bus/cymry/beliefs.html ....on 
this page you can find several links to 
Wicca sites) 



This one's a 
no-brainer! 



by Rondi E. Bloom 

Enemies beware! The other day, 
while visiting one of my favorite web- 
sites entirely devoted to obscure minu- 
tia— I found out everything that I ever 
wanted to know about shrunken heads. 
Can I take over the world now? 

Head shrinkers, according to "Dear 
Cecil" ( my minutia-man and the guru 
at this site), can be found in the rain- 
forests of South America situated along 
the shores of the Amazon River. 
Tsantsa, or shrunken heads, are desig- 
nated as trophies of battle. 

The actual process of shrinking 
heads is an elaborate ritual. In 1897, 
explorer F.W. Up de Graff described a 
raid that he tagged along with; some of 
the inhabitants scared off, heads were 
axed off of the fallen. The head hunters, 
taking pity on a woman who wasn't 
completely dead (wouldn't the writers 
of "Princess Bride" have fun with this 
one?!), decided to take some care in 
killing her. The Jivaro raid-leader, 
thought better of this, and quickly cut 
off her head using a machete. His 




account is given in detail at www.head- 
hunter.com. 

After the slaughter, the raiders 
returned to camp, carrying the heads 
either by the hair or on a stick. The pre- 
pared the heads by slicing down the 
back of the head, then peeled off the 
skin. Then, they cooked the skin and 
sewed up the openings in the heads. 
Taxidermy followed, resulting in heads 
that were about one-third the original 
size. 

Cooking done, the raiders returned 
home to party. Drunk, the catches were 
shown off. Later, the raiders sold them. 
Tourists loved the heads creating the 
need for subsequent raids. 

Eventually, the retail of shrunken 
heads was made illegal, but they do 
tend to show up on the black market 
frequently. 

So, with my shrunken head knowl- 
edge (no, I am not going to divulge any 
of the special spices-family recipe!), 
am I a menace to society? Many thanks 
to America On-Line, Headhunters.com, 
and the 1998 edition of the Chicago 
Reader; now I can conquer the world! 



Smoke-free campus lights up 



by Rondi E. Bloom 

As stated in the current student hand- 
book, Fitchburg State College is a 
smoke-free college; "smoking - which 
includes cigarettes, cigars and pipes - is 
prohibited in all areas of the college." 
Despite this, there is an ash tray beside 
every bench, outside every exterior 
door and at the bottom of stairs all 
around campus. Walking from class to 
class, how many people do you pass 
lighting up a cigarette? Let the number 
of on-campus ash trays speak for them- 
selves; there are a lot of smokers on our 
campus. 

Why the compulsion to puff? One 
smoker questioned explained that on- 
campus smokers succumb to the stress 
with cigarettes. She continued, pointing 
out that many of the younger students 
who had never previously lit up experi- 
ment with tobacco products to look 
cool, then get hooked. "I picked up 
smoking at a party," admits Jessica 
Roy, smoker of six years. "I smoke 
when I'm happy because it feels good. 
But smoking is something to savor, not 



abuse," she continued. 

There is also a healthy contingent of 
FSC students who do not smoke, or 
have quit smoking. "I used to," admits 
a junior human services major. "I 
smoked for about 15 years, then quit 
because I got my asthma back." 
Another source, also an asthmatic who 
used to smoke, commented that once 
she quit, she immediately felt the 
improved effects. "I walked up a hill 
the other day without losing my breath. 
Quitting smoking was the best decision 
I could make for my health." 

To inhale or not to inhale ... Turn on 
the television to see that the state of 
Massachusetts is waging a war on ciga- 
rette smoking. If you had the opportu- 
nity to see the "Nightline" on Thursday, 
November 18, you would have seen Dr. 
Timothy Johnson speaking with Pam 
Lafin, reluctant star of the newest series 
of anti-tobacco commercials that 
Massachusetts is in the last eight weeks 
of airing. She is a 29-year-old mother 
of two who, suffering from emphyse- 
ma, has already undergone a lung trans- 
plant. Currently her transplanted lung 

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Features 



IVCF makes a comeback 



by Kevin Carr 

This is a very busy time of 
year. We all have our papers, classes, 
and work to do. We have jobs. We also 
(hopefully) have lives. We are being 
pulled in one direction or another. And 
with so many groups on campus, many 
of us often wonder what to join, what to 
just "check out," and what to totally 
avoid. 

One group that just wants you 
to have a good time is the Intervarsity 
Christian Fellowship, which partici- 
pates in group get-togethers and studies 
about life, God, and the pursuit of hap- 
piness. This is a Christian group that is 
open to all interested college students 
and faculty. Intervarsity is a social fel- 
lowship; building relationships with 
peers, faculty (they are not old and 
crusty people who never went to col- 
lege-they were our age once, right!) and 
the college. Meetings are filled with 
games, field trips, fellowship, and testi- 
monies. Many times there are guest 
speakers, music, and food. This and 



much more happens on Thursday 
nights from 7-9 p.m. in G-06 of the 
Hammond Building. 

Many interesting events are 
coming up this semester. Several con- 
certs are being planned throughout the 
year, and the first of these will be Kevin 
Doyle, who used to tour with 
Aerosmith and Steve Miller, as well as 
a few other bands you probably have 
heard of. 

Kevin will be playing FSC on 
Thursday, November 19, from 7- 10pm. 
Admission is free, and there will be 
food and suprises. It promises to be a 
great time, so don't miss out. 

Intervarsity is an organization 
that is present in many colleges and 
universities throughout New England 
as well as the United States. If you have 
any comments or questions about 
Intervarsity, please email us at 
IVCF@FSC.EDU, visit our web page 
(which will be finished soon) at 
HTTP://FALCON.FSC.EDU/~IVCF 
or just come on by. Meetings are Thursday 
from 7-9pm. Hope to see you there! 



Smoke Continued from pg 5 

being rejected and shriveling; she is 
dying. In the same episode, it was men- 
tioned that only one third of the 80% of 
the leading characters portrayed on 
television and at the movies actually do 
smoke. Anti-tobacco lobbyists are 
heavily criticizing the media for 
encouraging too many people to smoke. 
Whether choosing to light up or 
extinguish, the reality is that cigarettes 
are hazardous to one's health. At its 
website, The American Cancer Society 
reports that "cigarette smoke produces 
more than 4,000 chemicals, including 
43 known carcinogens and over 400 
other toxins, including the highly 
addictive drug nicotine. Inhaled smoke 



carries the nicotine deeply into the 
lungs where it is quickly absorbed into 
the blood and carried to the heart and 
brain. Nicotine affects many parts of 
the body, including the cardiovascular 
system, the hormonal system, and the 
brain." To take a stab at smoking, each 
year on the third November Thursday, 
the Society sponsors the Great 
American Smokeout. This campaign 
challenges smokers to take one day out 
of their smoking regimen and give their 
lungs a break. Smokers are encouraged 
to sign a pledge for the day, in hopes 
that a conscious decision is made to 
continue abstaining from the drug. 



Movies Continued from pg 4 

ly) 20 minute movie to the public next 
semester or earlier. Until then, a number of 
other student movies are being shown 
tonight, the 28th of October, at Kent Recital 
Hall. At 7:30pm. for no cost, students can 
view the films "Damaged Goods," 
"Searching for the Hopemaker," 
"Kleptomania," and 'With That All Hope." 
According to Michael Decisero. co- 



writer and co-producer of Reflections, 
the general perception of film majors is 
that they're a little quirky, or screwy. Of 
course, to be involved in a film, one must 
have the ability to stand out creatively. 

A film major myself, I take this state- 
ment as a compliment, as I look forward 
to what films the future will bring. 



FFY leadership discussion 
circles for freshman 



Freshman students are encouraged 
to participate in the FFY program 
constructed especially for them on 
Wednesday, Nov.4 in the Hammond 
Building G-rooms located off the 
lobby from 3:30- 4:30 p.m. Campus 
leaders from SGA, The Point, 
MassPirg, and other student organiza- 
tions will be on hand to explain how 
they handle different situations and to 
answer any questions. The meeting 
will be constructed in conversation 
circles, focusing on leadership styles 



for the shy, the assertive, and every- 
one in between. 

Some of the tentative topics will 
include Leadership polarities: the 
director vs the mood sensor, the priori- 
tizer vs the all-at-once organizer, and 
the delegator vs the overseer. The 
issues of moral leadership and the 
demands of different times and places 
as well as translations from Gardner's 
Leading Minds will also be included. 
There will be food, favors, and note 
taking for papers. 



From Fitchburg to Heidelberg 



by Karen Alves 

George Alexander, the 5-foot- 10- 
inch point guard for Fitchburg State 
College's basketball team, truly 
believed his basketball career had 
ended when he scored his 1,001st 
point in the final game of his final sea- 
son on Feb. 28, 1998. 

He didn't realize how far his talents 
could take him. As it turned out, they 
took him to Europe. 

Alexander was one of only 1 2 stu- 
dents chosen to play for the New 
England All-Stars in a series of games 
against European professional teams 
last August. The series ended with a 
tournament in Langen, Germany on 
August 23. 

Alexander, a native of Norwalk, 
Conn., transferred from Naugatuck 
Valley Junior College in the fall of 
1996 to play basketball for the school. 
He said he had decided when he was 
just 5 years old that he wanted to play 
basketball professionally, and had 
practiced almost every day since then. 
"After the first time I played basket- 
ball I knew I'd play for a long time," 
Alexander said. "I don't ever say I'm 
better than anybody, 1 just go out there 
and try to prove it. I love the competi- 
tion." 

His dedication was a boon to The 



New England All-Star team, which 
was made up of players from 
Assumption, Emerson, Bridgewater 
State, Stonehill and FSC. The team 
began its two week tour of Europe in 
Heidelberg, Germany, playing in other 
German cities as well as in 
Luxembourg and Belgium. 

The game is played differently in 
Europe, Alexander said, with different 
rules than in the U.S. However, this 
did not cause a problem for him and 
his teammates. 

"If you know the game well you'll 
have no problem adjusting to the new 
rules." he said. "It's not that hard, 
except maybe the traveling and goal 
tending rules." 

The New England All-Stars, with 
Alexander as point guard, played 
against many European professional 
teams in six games, including the final 
tournament. They won four out of the 
six games, which put them in third 
place overall. 

Alexander said he hopes the expo- 
sure gained from this trip will help 
bring him closer to his dream of play- 
ing professional basketball. Until that 
day comes. Alexander said he will con- 
tinue to study communications here at 
FSC so he can fulfill another of his 
dreams: "Becoming a sports broadcast- 
er, of course." 



Opinion 

Wake up and smell the dead student body 



by Zak Adams 

I have not come into contact 
with any student on this campus who is 
favor of the new grading policy. Well, 
guess what; it's going through whether 
you like it or not. President Riccards 
has the administration in his pocket, 
and I really wouldn't put it past him to 
totally ignore the student voice and pass 
it regardless. I don't know about you 
but it makes me sick. The student voice 
on this campus has become so beaten 
down and hopeless that we just accept 
things because we know we can't 
change them. This is too important to 
let slide. You must speak out. How long 
are we going to let this President com- 
mit what I feel are gross abuses of 
power? Does anyone out there (beside 
faculty and administrators afraid of los- 
ing their jobs) really feel that Riccards 



is here for us and not his own little 
agenda? 

I recently became aware of the 
situation of a good friend, and a damn 
good professor who is being railroaded 
by Riccards himself. This is the kind of 
power he appears to wield. I feel he 
could do this to anyone if he wanted to. 
That scares me. During my freshman 
year, President Mara was in power. He 
had his flaws but he firmly stayed 
involved with the students. I even 
attended a party at his house. How 
many of you have seen Riccards in per- 
son? How many hours a day is his park- 
ing space empty (and how many times 
when he's in it is he parked illegally)? 
How many of you have tried to meet 
with him in his office, just to be denied? 
How many more majors are going to 
disappear because Riccards feels they 
are not necessary? How many other 



great professors are going to have their 
lives destroyed because they don't fit 
into the junior high fascism mold? I 
wish all of you could have seen what 
this college used to be, even just two 
years ago. It's slowly going to hell in a 
handbasket. He can put on all the little 
entertaining trifles of student programs 
he wants. He can create his wonderful 
slogans all he wants ("The nickel stops 
here" is a good one). He isn't fooling 
me with these leadership programs and 
I like to think that the rest of you are 
smart enough to know a smokescreen 
when you see one. Placate the imbecile, 
and then stab him in the back when he 
isn't looking; that how it looks to me. I 
really don't believe I'm the only one 
who feels that this man is destroying 
this college. PLEASE, IF YOU FEEL 
THE SAME WAY, SPEAK UP! 



I Melt S Sin inSUlt! ! Faculty response to Riccard's proposals 



Dr. Richard Bisk 

Professor of Mathematics 

"President's proposals hurts stu- 
dents." That very headline is indicative 
of the problem we face. Did anyone 
notice? It contains two grammatical 
errors. While I don't support several 
of Presidents Riccards' specific pro- 
posals, I share his overall goal. We 
must raise academic standards at 
Fitchburg State College. We are not 
alone. Many educational institutions 
have similar academic problems. 

Some will say that there is no prob- 
lem. They claim that we are simply 
overreacting to the results of an unfair 
test. They miss the point. I didn't need 
to see the results of the Massachusetts 
Teacher Tests to know that we have a 
literacy problem. I know because I ask 
my students to write. I know because I 
read The Point. 

You may read this and be insulted. 
You may believe that I am calling our 
students "stupid". Nothing could be 
further from the truth. I write this 
because I respect our students. 

Too many educators lie to students. 



They lie when they return papers full 
of errors without bothering to correct 
them. They lie when they give you a 
good grade even though you haven't 
accomplished very much. 

Too many educators cheat students. 
They cheat you when they regularly 
cancel class or let you out early. They 
cheat you when they don't assign 
papers or homework. They cheat you 
when they tell you to take a course 
with a specific teacher or at a different 
school because it will be 
easier for you. Education is hard work. 
College is a full time job. I know most 
of our students need to have jobs to 
earn money. This is not an acceptable 
excuse for expecting you to learn less. 
It is an insult when people don't 
believe our students are capable of 
meeting academic challenges. They 
come up with all kinds of reasons why 
you don't need to know how to write 
well. They claim it isn't important. 
They claim the computer will do it for 
you. These are lies. Don't they believe 
that, with enough effort, you are capa- 
ble of learning? 

On October 7, I listened to a pre- 



sentation about the Massachusetts 
Teacher Tests and had an opportunity 
to read through several of the tests. I 
have many concerns about the politi- 
cization of the testing process and the 
lack of adequate information available 
about the exams. However, I believe 
teacher testing is necessary. I listened 
to a professor from another college 
criticize a section on the test that asked 
for corrections of grammatical mistakes. 
I was shocked by her comments. Isn't 
this what teachers are supposed to be 
able to do? 

The ultimate question for Fitchburg 
State College students is: "What do 
you want your degree to be worth?" 
The College's academic standards 
determine the value of your degree. 
Every time an employer interviews or 
hires a graduate and learns that he or- 
she can't spell or write well, it reflects 
poorly on all of our graduates. This 
cheats our many excellent and highly 
educated graduates. 

Some people don't believe we 
should expect much from our state col- 
leges. That's an insult. 




Warning: 

Year 2000 may 
be bad for your 
computer's 

health! %r$p 



by Jessica Roy 



"I went down to the Nashua River to 
wash our clothes today love," I say to 
my partner. "The water was dirtier 
then it has been in a while. It was 
green. Humph! Must have been from 
the sewage runoff. I wish I didn't have 
to wash our clothes in that damn river." 

Not the pretty picture we are all used 
to for doing our laundry. We simply go 
down to our basements or local laun- 
dromat. As soon as we press the "ON" 
button or put our quarters into the 
machine, it roars to life bring into it 
crystal clear water swishing with your 
clothes. 

What if this and many other luxuries 
we completely take for granted no 
longer functioned for us? Would we be 
able to cope for even one day? Would 
we know how to care for our families, 
ourselves? 

The year 2000 is drawing nearer to 
us everyday, bringing with it the K2 
bug, or the Year 2000 Computer crisis. 
According to ZDNN News Service, the 
bug was created by antiquated hard- 
ware and software formats that denotes 
years in two-digit formats, such as 98 
for 1998 and 99 for 1999. The glitch 
will occur in 2000, when computers are 
either fooled into thinking the year is 
1900 or interpret the 2000 as a mean- 
ingless "00". The glitch could throw 
everything from bank balances to ele- 
vator maintenance schedules to build- 
ing security procedures out of whack. 
This is not what we want at all. Think 
of how many things we depend on 
draw their power and ability to function 
from computers. EVERYTHING! 

This seemingly simple problem is of 
extraordinary importance for people. 
In fact, a Federal Reserve estimate says 
the cost to US businesses to upgrade 
computers with the year 2000 fix will 
be about 50 billion dollars. 

Continued, pg 9 






7 



Opinion 



Doggie Matter 



by Joe Picard 

I have noticed a decline in student 
pride on campus this fall. Students 
don't walk with their heads held high 
and proud, like they used to. 

The other day. as I was walking 
home from class. I figured out why 
this is. It turns out to have nothing to 
do with pride. I didn't realize this at 
the time, but I too was walking with 
my head hung low. I glanced up for a 
moment to greet a friend of mine, 
when I felt a squishy-sticky-sensation 
under my foot. This feeling could not 
have been mistaken for anything other 
then dog mess. 

Dog mess has taken over our side- 
walks. Most everyone around the 
Fitchburg State College campus has 
had an unpleasant encounter with this 
matter. It is nearly impossible to 
avoid. 

We all know where is comes from, 
but where does it go? It obviously 
does not remain in the same sopt for- 






How many times have you stepped 
over a previously stepped in mess and 
thought, "Thank God it was not me!" 
Yes, it's a good thing that you are not 
spreading the mess, but someone else 



is. This mess is turning it's self into a 
plague. The mess is not even limited 
to the sidewalks and grass, we are 
tracking it into buildings on our shoes. 
I feel this problem needs to be 
solved. A large part of the problem 
lies in the disregard for the leash law 
in this city. Cats and dogs are running 
freely, while their owners are nowhere 
to be found. They are free to do their 
thing where ever and whenever they 
wish. The problem is not restrained to 
the stray pet population by any means. 
Every animal needs a place to go. 
When owners walk their dogs, they 
seemingly have no place to do "their 
business." 

Perhaps there should be a doggie 
business district in every neighbor- 
hood. An empty lot reserved for dogs. 
They can all do their butt sniffing and 
leg-lifting in one spot. The dogs 
would love it! We could even put up 
some trashcans with garbage in them, 
for dogs to go through. 

Dog mess is a serious problem that 
we need to deal with. It's a danger. I 
can imagine people slipping and 
falling on it. It could cause some seri- 
ous injuries. Until this mess is taken 
care of , I'll be walking safely in the 
middle of the street. 



Issues Continued from pg 4 

Leominster High established a sup- 
port group in 1997. Like the group at 
FHS, they have experienced resistance 
from students and faculty. Barbara 
Bayley, the advisor of the Leominster 
group, said, "We have had very mixed 
responses. There are good days and 
bad. There have been no reports of vio- 
lence among our gay and lesbian stu- 
dents, but there have been incidents of 
harassments." 

A report commissioned by the US 
Department of Health and Human 
Services on the incidents of youth sui- 
cide found. "A majority of suicide 
attempts by homosexuals occurred dur- 
ing their youth, in gay youth are two to 
three times more likely to attempt sui- 



cide then any other young people. They 
may comprise up to 30 percent of the 
estimated 5,000 completed youth sui- 
cides annually. In addition, nearly all 
gay, lesbian and bisexual suicides occur 
between the ages of 16 and 21." 

Young people who feel set apart 
because of their sexual orientation have 
been known to turn to substance abuse 
to reduce their pain, depression and anx- 
iety. As one FSC student said, "the 
number of problems which arise from a 
lack of understanding and acceptance of 
gay, lesbian and bisexual people is 
astounding. As a society, we must put 
an end to the hatred, anger and violence 
against gay people, or as a society, we 
may never be free." 



Things that 
go BUMP in 
the night 

by Rondi E. Bloom 

I don't know if it is because of my 
semi-fundamentalist upbringing in the 
middle of the southern Bible belt, or 
just because I had one of those really 
bad childhood experiences with one of 
the monsters under my bed, but I have 
always been absolutely terrified of 
Halloween. Yes, I know that some ele- 
ment of fear is required to get into the 
"spirit" of things, but I mean, I am truly 
scared of the holiday. In fact, I try to 
have as little to do with it as possible. 

I remember the year that I was 
Mighty Mouse for Halloween (relax, I 
was four; besides, he was my hero!) 
and my mother had to personally 
inspect my candy. That was the same 
year that the police in my neighborhood 
had reported that someone was cut on a 
razor in a chocolate piece. That was 
also the year that I went to my first 
Halloween party, only to find that the 
drink of choice was ants in brainjuice. 
How was I supposed to know they were 
raisins? I still cannot drink apple juice 
without the shivers. 

I scare easily. Sure, just like anyone 
else, I jump whenever someone startles 
me, that's normal, but I cannot even 
watch horror flicks. This is a very sad 
thing, too, because I have always 
known that they are pure imagination. 
Or, maybe that's it — that people actual- 
ly have the capacity to think up things 
like little evil talking dolls that chop 
heads off and require no batteries — I 
never did like My Buddy! But I also put 
too much faith in all of the little super- 
stitions and old-wive' s tales behind the 
whole concept of Halloween, too. 

I had nightmares for weeks after 
watching the Beans Baxter episode — 
am I the only one who watched that 
show? — about the kid who was demon- 
ically possessed. This kid was lying in 
bed, his head was turning green and 
spinning around, and he was taunting in 
that deep bass voice that I just know 
belongs to the devil. And let's just for- 
get about jack-o-lanterns: I know all 
about those, too. Their origins are very 
disturbing to me. Someone told me 




when I was a little kid that the faces 
carved on pumpkins represent the last 
features, right before rigor mortis, that 
played across the a pagan's ritualistic 
torture victim's face. Some children 
had fun carving their pumpkins with 
their parents, I always ran and hid, fear- 
ful they were giving me a hint. 

My family had bats in our belfry. 
Okay, so they were in the chimney, but 
they were freaky. You have no idea 
what it is like to jump suddenly out of 
bed on a pitch dark night, after hearing 
a shrill bat-like squeak — every really 
frightened person can identify a bat- 
like squeak. I do. In desperate hopes 
that I wouldn't step on the shaggy arm 
reaching from under my box-spring, I 
have frantically searched for my 
Louisville slugger for protection from 
every prowling evil that has compro- 
mised my sense of security. 

Let's not forget the costumes, either. It's 
scary enough knowing who it is that is run- 
ning and screaming after you on a dark, 
spooky night without a mask. Yes, I admit, 
I believed in the Boogey Man, and again I 
mention that evil green-eyed hairy thing 
residing in the shadows beneath my bed (I 
slept with a night light until I was 11). 

I am rather undecided about 
ghosts — I don't know if it is scarier to 
die to find an infemo awaiting you, or 
to discover you're fated to be a white- 
sheeted breath-of-a-thing that secretes 
green ectoplasmic goo and cries 
"Boooooo" all night long. Either out- 
look is upsetting. Graveyards, hmm. 
No, I do not intentionally spend much 
time in those either. I have always been 
afraid that I would tread on an 
unmarked, forgotten plot, only to be 
ankle-grabbed by some bony. Thriller- 
zombie and then forced to listen to 
monsters mashing, or watch them 
breakdance into song. 

Halloween is the reason why I am 
always so thankful at Thanksgiving. I 
am still alive! 

Gulp! I haven't even mentioned 
witches, warlocks, or werewolves. I 
just cannot go further. What can I say, 
but that paranoia is my middle name — 
after Erin, that is. 



8 



Entertainment 



Ground Zero aims to please 



by Kevin Can- 
It has been a very busy semester for 
Ground Zero. This semester many 
tournaments and presentations have 
been planned, which a number of stu- 
dents have already participated in. 
Several more are still left in the semes- 
ter so don't miss out. 

Some upcoming tournaments to get 
involved in are Flag Football, Chess, 
Air Hockey, 9-Ball Billiards and Darts. 
Rag Football has been an extraordinary 
success, thanks to all the participants 
and the supplies from the Intramural 
Department! There is a game just about 
every Sunday, depending upon holidays 
or weather. The next game is this 
Sunday, October 25, at 1pm at Coolidge 
Park. You may enter a team or come as 
a free agent, so come on down. Chess 
has also been an outstanding tourna- 



ment, with tournaments every two 
weeks. The next one will be on 
Wednesday October 28, at 5:30pm in 
Ground Zero. Also, if chess is your 
thing, you will be happy to know that 
FSC now has its very own Chess Club. 
If your interested, see Kevin Carr, 
Ground Zero Manager, or call x3350 
and leave a message. Some upcoming 
tournaments are Air Hockey on 
Wednesday, October 28, at 5:30pm. 
The 9-Ball Billiards tournament, with 
the winner moving onto the ACUI 
(Association of College Unions 
International) regional tournament, 
being held here at FSC, on Wednesday, 
November 4 at 5:30pm. Darts, also an 
ACUI qualifying event, being held on 
Wednesday, November 1 1 at 5:30pm Or 
Table Tennis, another ACUI qualifying 
event, on Wednesday, November 18 at 
5:30pm. 



Another exciting presentation is Dr. 
Cue. Many of you saw him in past 
years, but don't miss the chance to see 
this "Billiards Wizard" in action at 
Ground Zero! He will be at FSC on 
Tuesday, October 27 from 2:30 to 5pm. 
He will demonstrate various trick shots, 
while challenging the audience to play 
him in pool. Don't miss out on this fan- 
tastic opportunity. Also a great event is 
the upcoming James Bond Goldeneye 
Nintendo 64 Tournament, being sched- 
uled for sometime in November. If 
you're interested in playing, there will 
be a sign-up sheet in Ground Zero or 
you can get information by leaving a 
message at x3350 (Ground Zero Phone). 
Take part in these tournaments, or 
come down and use the billiard tables, 
ping pong tables, video games, air hock- 
ey, or dart board. Any suggestions for 
tournaments are very welcome. 



2000 Continued from pg 7 



Many people and businesses will be 
affected. Even home computer users, 
i According to CNet News, each com- 
. puter operating system or 'OS' handles 
^ dates differently. Apple Macintosh sys- 
tems, and many Unix based systems 
will not have a problem until 2038 due 
to the way they handle dates in relation 
to total seconds from a specific time. 
Most other operating systems handle 
dates in the traditional form of 
MM/DD/YY. The YY (two-digit year) 
is the problem in these operating sys- 
tems. Computer systems manufactured 
after early 1997 will display the date 
correctly as 2000. However an estimat- 
ed 65% of all PC's will not 'roll over' 
correctly due to the operating system, 
BIOS, or RTC problems. 

This problem has spread into the 
realm of many businesses. According 
to CNet News, Sen. Bob Bennett (R- 
Utah), chairman of the Senate 



Committee on the Year 2000 
Technology Problem, stated recently 
"There are some six thousand 
American hospitals and others that are 
not yet prepared [for the year 2000 
bug]." Bennett warned that the health 
care industry is lagging behind other 
industries in making the needed fixes, 
citing the Gartner group, which says 
more than 90 percent of individual 
physician practices are not aware of 
their Y2K problems. The Committee 
was formed to address issues of this 
nature and prepare the country and the 
various industries for the potential 
problems that could arise from this bug. 
"I would not allow my family to be 
in New York City for millennium week- 
end," said computer consultant Ed 
Yourdon, who recently sold his apart- 
ment in the Big Apple and moved his 
family to New Mexico. "I expect New 
York to resemble Beirut if even a subset 



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of the Y2K infrastructure problems 
actually materialize," he said, accord- 
ing to CNet News. 

Many companies are stepping up 
their efforts to provide computers, 
which are free from the YK2 virus. 
CNet News stated, all new computers 
manufactured after 1997 would be Year 
2000 compliant. Operating systems 
such as Windows 98 will also be Y2K 
compliant as well. The major concern is 
older programs, especially spreadsheets 
and database programs since many do 
allow programmers to abbreviate year- 
date information to two digits. 

With a little luck and a lot of hard 
work, perhaps we will not be doomed to 
a future of washing our clothes in the 
river, or living in cold darkness. Let 
your government know you are con- 
cerned about the YK2 virus. After all, 
it affects everyone. 



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All Aboard! Next 
Stop: The Afterlife 

'What Dreams 
May Come' 

by Elizabeth Pacheco 

"What Dreams May Come" by 
director Vincent Ward, centers on the sub- 
ject of death and the afterlife. This topic 
is intriguing because everyone must deal 
with death and mortality during their life- 
time. 

Robin Williams (Oscar winner for 
Good Will Hunting) plays a pediatrician 
named Chris Nielson and Annabella 
Sciorra plays his wife Annie, a talented 
artist. Also starring in the movie, are 
Cuba Gooding Jr. (Oscar winner for Jerry 
McGuire) Albert, and Max Von Sydow 




Robing Williams stars in 
"What Dreams May Come" 

(The Tracker). 

"What Dreams May Come" 
takes the viewers on a fantastic journey 
through the boundless depths of the 
hereafter. The movie shows us that 
there is existence after death, and that 
death is only the beginning. The movie 
also portrays the importance of love 
and forgiveness, and it shows us that 
with these qualities and persistence, we 
can conquer anything. 

The acting is excellent and the 
special effects are beautiful. The scenery 
in the movie is breathtaking and the 
scenes were dramatic and touching. 
"What Dreams May Come" has received 
countless positive reviews including 
'Two Thumbs Up!" by Siskel and Ebert. 
The movie was great and I recommend 
everyone to partake in Vincent Ward's 
journey through the hereafter. 



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Dr. Grant Continued from Cover 



portion of the Celtics' glorious history, 
including NBA championships in 
1974, 1976, 1984, and 1986, and two 
near championships in 1985 and 1987. 
A 1968 graduate of Boston College, 
Ryan first joined the Boston Globe that 
year as a summer intern. 

Three of Ryan's eight books were 
written with Celtics legends Larry Bird, 
Bob Cousy and John Havlicek. Ryan 
took a brief hiatus from the Globe in 
1982 to join WCVB-TV, Boston's ABC 
affiliate, as a sports reporter. He joined 
the Globe's sports department in 1984. 
Currently a general sports columnist 
with the Globe, Ryan has covered 20 
NBA finals, 13 Final Fours, three 
Olympics and the 1992 Dream Team 
from start to finish. In recognition of his 
considerable talents, Ryan was inducted 



into the United States Basketball 
Writers' Hall of Fame in 1995. 

In addition to his writing for the 
Globe, Ryan has been a columnist for 
Basketball Times since 1976. He's a 
regular on ESPN's Sunday morning 
program, "The Sports Reporters," 
WEEI's "The Big Show," and WBZ- 
TV's "Sports Final." 

Future speakers in the New England 
Writers Series will include award-win- 
ning author Robert Cormier and 
screenwriter Jennifer Sarja, on Feb. 23, 
1999; Dr. Helen Vendler, a 
Shakespearean scholar at Harvard 
University, on March 11, 1999; and 
Linda Barnes, who has written award- 
winning plays, short stories and the 
now famous Carlotta Carlyle detective 
novels, on March 24, 1999. 



APC Continued from Cover 

independent study." After this amend- 
ment was made, the proposal was passed 
by APC and will be sent to ACC as soon 
as the rest of the proposals go through. 
ACC #11, "the end of the sixth week of 
classes, or prior to the 12.6 class hours 
for special scheduling in Continuing 
Education" was amended to replace 
"12.6 class hours" with "completion of 
40% of class hours." This too was passed 
and will be received by ACC. The third 
item on the agenda was ACC #12. It 
read, "An Incomplete (IN) is given in lieu 
of a grade if a student ha successfully 
completed at least 80% of the required 
course work but cannot complete the rest 
due to illness of equivalent disability" 
was to be reworded to "An Incomplete 
(IN) is given in lieu of a grade if a student 



has successfully completed at least 80% 
of the required course work but cannot 
complete the remainder of the course due 
to certifiable illness, the death of an 
immediate member of that family, or 
other similarly certifiable serious circum- 
stance." That was not past by APC and 
will not go back to ACC reworded in the 
latter manner. 

The meeting was adjourned at 6:30 
when many members had time con- 
straints and needed to either go to night 
classes, or students that had prior engage- 
ments. The All Policies Council will 
meet again on November 17th, 
Wednesday, and all students are encour- 
aged to attend to voice their concern and 
opinions to the council. 



butler, out of gratitude, promised to 
remember Jospeh when he was released. 

"You'll get a lot of those promises, 
young people. Gratitude is short lived," 
Dr. Grant warned as he was telling the 
fable of Joseph. Although Dr. Grant 
seems to be an optimist who sees the 
good in everyone and everything, he is 
also very realistic and wants the young 
men and women who will enter the 
work force to be cautious of accepting 
someone's word at face value. 

Soon after the butler is released and 
sent back into servitude, the pharaoh 
begins to experience prophetic dreams of 
his own. The butler tells the pharaoh of 
the inmate Joseph who can interpret 
dreams and the pharaoh summons him to 
the palace, where he relates his dreams to 
Joseph. Joseph tells the pharaoh that 
seven years of plenty will hit Egypt, fol- 
lowed by seven years of drought. 

The pharaoh is pleased with not only 
the interpretation, but also Joseph's 
plan for rationing food, he frees him 
and makes him his chief assistant. 
Joseph is now in his mid-20' s, he sends 
for his family and tests them to see if 
they've changed and they pass. The 
family and entire tribe move into the 
area of Egypt where they live for 
approximately 400 years. 

"I believe that Joseph is the best 
example of leadership I can find," Dr. 
Grant said to the audience. "Joseph 
made the best of his circumstances, no 
matter what happened." 

Joseph could, indeed, represent the 
best qualities in a leader we could ask 
for today. No matter what happened, he 



kept a positive mental outlook and 
worked hard to make the best of the sit- 
uation he was placed in. 

Dr. Grant spoke very eloquently of 
the great leader and conveyed the idea 
that optimism is a powerful tool when 
used correctly. 

Dr. Grant, who spoke as part of the 
Leadership in Action Forum that 
Fitchburg State College is presenting, 
earned a B.A. in history from Wheaton 
College. He then went on to earn divin- 
ity degrees from Fuller Theological 
Seminary in Pasadena, and a doctorate 
from California Graduate School of 
Theology, a school which he helped to 
establish. He was also awarded a diplo- 
ma from the St. Paul Bible College in 
Minnesota. 

Dr. Grant is the author of many 
books on religion and patriotic themes. 
He has made several trips to Israel 
where he was awarded the Shalom 
Award by the government. 

No stranger to politics, Grant is work- 
ing with former U.S. Congressman 
Robert Wilson and Phillip Sanchez, for- 
mer American ambassador to Columbia 
and Honduras, on the national corporate 
board of the American Freedom 
Coalition. This is a national grassroots 
effort that focuses on values that effect 
the family and issues related to national 
defense. Dr. Grant is also chairman of 
the Christian Voice, the nation's oldest 
and largest conservative Christian lobby. 

Dr. Grant, as representative of a 
leader in the traditional-values move- 
ment, has appeared on a number of 
national radio and television shows. 



Falcons Continued from pg12 

Jessica LeBlanc scored 2 goals in the 
Falcon's loss to Salve Regina. 
Women's Soccer 
With this season starting off similar 
to the Field Hockey teams, they too got 
stuck in a rut, by dropping their last 9 
matches. In a season of ups and downs, 
the first half spelled disaster for the 
team. They allowed their opponents to 
establish an early lead, and ended up 
playing great defense for the remainder 
of the matches. With the team on their 
heels, they never got a chance to turn 
their offense loose. Leading scorer 
Jennifer Duncan leads the team with 17 
points (8 goals and 1 assist). Kelly 
Tranter is second on the list with 4 
goals. The team finishes up their season 



at Elliot field this week with a match 
against Westfield State on Oct. 3 1 . 
Men's Soccer 
Having a record over .500% has 
tough for the athletes at FSC this fall, 
and the men's soccer couldn't escape it 
this week. After they romped Daniel 
Webster 5-0, the Falcon's improved 
their record to 5-5. But they dropped 5 
of their last 6 matches, and now have 
fallen out of the play-off picture. 

While having a great season, goal- 
tender Matt Juergens really stood his 
ground. While his record is 6-10, he's 
really improved his play as the season 
comes to a close (3.66 G.A.A. and a 
.736 save %). With only two games left 
in the season, leading scorer Nate 



Arnold hopes to add to his 13 goals and 
9 assists. The men finish their season on 
Friday at Westfield State. 

Falcon Football 
Coming off a last second victory last 
week, the FSC football squad traveled 
to Maine Maritime. The Mariners of 
Maine handed the Falcon's their worst 
defeat of the season 38-14. The 
Falcon's made the trip to Maine without 
their star running back, D'Andra 
Freeman, who was out with a sprained 
knee. Kevin Carlo took his place in the 
line-up and rushed for 110 yards on 14 
attempts. The Mariners didn't serve up 
as good hosts in Nino Decarlois' first 
game back from injury. They sacked 
him 12 times for a total loss of 102 



yards, and picked him off six times. 
Decarlois went 6/26 with 166 yards and 
6 interceptions, he also rushed for 90 
yards. The Falcon's dug themselves in a 
deep whole, turning the ball over 7 
times on their first 7 possessions of the 
first half. They were down 32-0 at the 
end of the first half, until Nino Decarlois 
plunged in the endzone on a QB keeper 
with only : 1 1 seconds to spare. 

Maine got on the board again at the 
beginning of the fourth quarter, which 
put them up 38-6. Kevin Carlo scored a 
nice TD on a 49-yard scamper. 
McClintock made a beautiful reception 
for the two-point conversion, making it 
38-14. The Falcon's played hard, but 
they didn't score again in their defeat. 



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Unexpected victory at MASCAC's 



by The Dutch One 

Last Saturday, sophomore Rhalda 
Jansen won the 1998 MASCAC Cross 
Country Championship at Coggshall 
park, by beating two-time defending 
champ Diana Carnes from Westfield 
State. Jansen took an unbelievable 
minute and a half of her best time on 
this very tough killer-hill-course. Her 
win was so unexpected, that even coach 
Jellison had to look twice when a 
green-yellow shirt was the first one to 
turn around the corner for the last 
stretch. Jansen finished the course in a 
great 20.54, hereby following in the 
footsteps of her coach Kim Tabor, who 
won this title on the same course three 
years ago. Jansen had just set out to 
break 22 minutes, but everything just 
felt so great that she was pumped 
enough to go all the way. 

Jansen was followed by a four-pack 
of Westfield runners and Cristie A., 



who came in sixth with a personal best 
of 21.26. Jansen and Cristie both made 
the MASCAC All-Star Team, and got 
one of those funky T-shirts. 

The FSC women also did very well 
in the overall tournament. The title 
obviously went to Westfield State with 
its great teamwork, but the falcons did 
come in second, beating Salem by one 
point. Cristie E. came in 12th with a 
time of 22.55, followed by Meghan 
Braun and Shara Shandrowski with 
24.18 and 25.13. Sarah "I loved your 
poster boards" Leonard finished 36th 
with 26.24, and Amy Paquette almost 
broke 29 minutes with 29.03. Stephanie 
Kretas and Fay Lewis took it in as #s 45 
and 48 with 30.24 and 37.25. 

The men's race was definitely a sight 
to be seen, they were all so fast. Even 
though the top seven runners took a lit- 
tle detour, the individual and team title 
still went to Bridgewater. So I guess 
they didn't shave their heads for noth- 



ing! The falcons had a pretty tough 
meet. Kito Sysong finished the race, 
despite his quad-injury, with 28.48, 
placing 24th. He was followed directly 
by Ryan Cringan with 28.49. Brian 
"Big Daddy" Walsh finished 44th with 
a great 31.13, followed by Micah Hatch 
with 31.39. Don Keneally had a super 
race with 33.15, and Shaun "I do pole 
vault" Grier was happy it's almost time 
for winter track again. He took it in 
with a smile and 35.47 on the clock. 
Mark "You're finally done baby!" 
Teator finished with a time of 39.35. 
The falcon men finished 5th overall. 

Both men and women have another 
big one next weekend at Westfield, fol- 
lowed by the ECAC*s on November 7th. 
Darren, tons of luck with the hockey 
team we'll miss ya! A huge thanks to the 
athletic department, for such a well-run 
championship. Good luck at the Alliance 
meet guys and girls, I couldn't have 
done it without you, and I mean that! 




Rhalda Jansen holding her 
MASCAC cross country plaque 



Together fight, together win! 



by Rhalda Jansen 

The volleyball falcons had a very 
nice away-game at Keene State past 
Wednesday. The match unfortunately 
went to Keene in three sets (11-15, 9- 
15, 14-16), but the falcons put up a 
great fight. The bench was very ener- 
getic, and supported the team all the 
way. Marie Nordberg had the most kills 
of the game, and Chicks had an amaz- 
ing 7(!) solo blocks. All the women dug 
very well, no thanks to Keene' s "bad 
pass #26" who just had to yell "Bad 
pass!" whenever the falcons touched 
the ball. Amazingly enough she could- 
n't pass the ball herself, even if her life 
depended on it. 

The falcons couldn't take home a 
win in a very exciting third game, they 
were stuck on game-point, but just 
couldn't finish it. Coach Paciorek was 
still pleased with the team's effort, 
"They showed off a fight all the way 
through the match" she said. 

Last Saturday the falcons had amaz- 
ing away-game against Anna Maria. 



The falcons won in four 
games (15-8, 16-14, 10-15, 
15-12), despite the absence 
of two of their starters. 
Marie Nordberg had an 
awesome serving day, miss- 
ing only one. Chicks also 
had a very focused day 
putting down 23 kills, 19 
digs, and three solo blocks! 

The team had an overall 

great digging day, something that's 
always great to see in a team's game. 
Megan Barrett and Inori Kunimi both 
had a total of 17 digs, followed by 
Joanie Gillen and Marie with 12. Joanie 
and Marie were actually on the court 
together this match, instead of substi- 
tuting each other. 

In game three we were treated to a 
quality piece of freshman Tiffany 
Baker's stuff. Way to fill the positions 
out there Tiff! The falcons worked 
together extremely well, and took it 
home in the fourth game with 15-12. 




Megan Barrett, FSC's defense specialist 
photo by Rhalda Jansen 



Coach Paciorek had a somewhat 
lonely, but satisfying day on the bench, 
and said: "The team did a really good 
job filling the positions of the missing 
starters. I'm really proud of them." 

The volleyball women have one 
more week of practice, and an away- 
game on Wednesday to go, to end their 
season with the MASCAC tournament 
at Bridgewater State this Friday and 
Saturday. Tons of luck, and show us 
your stuff out there! 

RJ. 



Rebuilding year^ 
proves a rough 
one for Falcon's 

by Michael McGonigle 

Field Hockey 

In a rebuilding year, the women's 
Field Hockey team was off to a 6-4 
start. Unfortunately, an injury plagued 
team got stuck in a rut, and dropped 
their last 5 games, falling to a 6-9 
record on the year. After losing three 
straight to end the month of September, 
they won 3 in a row, by defeating 
Simmons College (2-1), Wheelock 
College (3-2), and Umaine-Farm (1-0). 

It was business as usual for goal- 
tender Rebecca Tomassian, who only 
missed one game all season. Tomassian 
was 6-6 on the year, with a G.A.A. of 
1.69 with a save% of .840. Leanne 
Lehtinen, who was off to a great start, 
was blanked out in their last 7 matches. 
Lehtinen goes into the final game of the 
season with 3 goals and 2 assists. 

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